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THE CROSS: THE SCHOOL OF LIFE

upon a dead tapioca cross

grew 7 green buds
what sign is this?
let me see...
Triumph of the Cross
the CROSS! 
beam, thorns, nails
crushed, pain, torment
Mother, can it be more sorrowful?
-- Go, follow him!
for a good while you abandoned me
for a long moment you hid your face from me
the shame of my youth I cannot forget
why have you forsaken me?
nearer my God to thee...
-- nearer!
-- Shhhh!
-- taste and see...
that was being denied
that was being scourged
that was being abandoned
that was being voiceless
that was being rejected
that was having no justice
that was having no one
thorns
nails
... dying
storm battered
unconsoled
wormholed
with great tenderness embraced
with enduring love pitied
not disgraced
never forsaken
passion com passion
to embrace tenderly
to endure love
to grace
for God's sake
schooled
school
"instruct and educate"
Infant Jesus Sister
julia ong, IJS
Exultation of the Cross 2015
Silver Jubilee

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